Maddie's Insights: Emergency Fostering During the Pandemic: Takeaways for a post-pandemic world

Recorded On: 11/03/2022

Maddie's Insights are monthly webcasts with practical tips based on current research to help pets and people.

Presenter: Dr. Lisa Gunter, Assistant Professor, Coastal Carolina University

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization deemed the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic, and subsequently a nationwide emergency was declared in the United States. During this time, media outlets reported increased interest in foster caregiving and adoption of shelter pets. In this talk, Dr. Gunter will describe her research team's examination of canine foster caregiving at 19 US animal shelters during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic and what they learned about shelters' utilization of foster caregiving, the foster caregivers and their relationships to the shelter, and how monetary resources influenced foster caregiving and dog outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Gunter discusses key takeaways for foster recruitment, trial adoption programs, caregiving practices, and behavioral support that can be utilized in our post-pandemic world.

This webinar has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association.

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Sheila Segurson, DACVB (Moderator)

Director of Outreach and Research

Maddie's Fund

As Director of Outreach and Research for Maddie's Fund®, Dr. Sheila Segurson's goal is to develop and support research that increases pet adoptions from rescue groups and shelters and improves pet well-being. She relies upon her background working in and with animal shelters, pet foster care programs, and veterinary medicine to lead Maddie's Fund research efforts.

After graduating from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Segurson worked as a general practice/emergency/shelter veterinarian at pet hospitals in California. Then, in 2005, Sheila graduated from Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis, becoming the first in the nation to complete a three-year, post-graduate behavior specialty training program with an emphasis on shelter animals and shelter behavior programs. She worked for several pet welfare organizations, including UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, The Sacramento SPCA, and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, where she developed and implemented enrichment/behavior modification programs.

Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA

Assistant Professor

Coastal Carolina University

Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA is an Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina University in the Department of Psychology. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of companion animals and their owners. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, shelter housing and social interactions, temporary and long-term fostering, short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention - and more recently, fostering during the pandemic and safety net programs to help keep people and their pets together. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Master’s in 2015, and her PhD in 2018 as a graduate student in the behavioral neuroscience and comparative psychology program at Arizona State University. 


Maddie's Insights: Emergency Fostering During the Pandemic: Takeaways for a Post-pandemic World
Recorded 11/03/2022  |  30 minutes
Recorded 11/03/2022  |  30 minutes
Certificate - CAWA and NACA CE
1.00 CAWA CE, NACA CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CAWA CE, NACA CE credit  |  Certificate available
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